Check whether a Windows To Go drive can be upgraded?

Updated on April 12, 2024 by Admin to Windows To Go Upgrader

To ensure you can upgrade Windows To Go drive successfully, Windows To Go Upgrader provides you this check function to show you whether you are able to perform a successful upgrade on this drive or not, so please read this guide carefully before performing the check operation.
tips Tips:

  • Please don't install and run 'Windows To Go Upgrader' on the Windows running on the USB drive which you want to upgrade, you should install and run it on other Windows operating systems.
  • If the Windows To Go workspace has been encrypted by using BitLocker Drive Encryption, you need to enter the decrypted password during the upgrade process.
  • If you have installed Hyper-V Role in the Windows To Go Workspace, then you need to disable Hyper-V Role before the operation.
  • If the system partition or boot partition does not have a drive letter, you'd better manually assign a drive letter for it.


User Guide: How to use Windows To Go Upgrader to check whether a Windows To Go drive can be upgraded?

Step 1. Before you begin the upgrade process, you need to ensure that your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements.

  • Windows 7 or later is required (For VHDX-based Windows To Go drive, Windows 8 or later is required).
  • CPU: VT-x/AMD-v must be supported by your CPU and VT-x/AMD-v must be enabled in your BIOS.
  • 1024x768 graphic device (higher resolution recommended).
  • 4GB of available RAM (8G or more recommended for upgrade to Windows 11).
  • 16GB of free space on Windows boot drive.

Step 2. Download and install VirtualBox V7.0 if you don’t already have it installed. If you have already installed other versions (such as 5.9, 6.0) of VirtualBox, please reinstall version 7.0.
Download VirtualBox V7.0

Step 3. Download Windows To Go Upgrader installation file from our site. Double click to open it, then follow the steps in the setup dialogs. And you'll have the option to specify where to install Windows To Go Upgrader.

Step 4. Connect the Windows To Go drive which you want to upgrade to the computer you have installed Windows To Go Upgrader.

Step 5. Run Windows To Go Upgrader as administrator, then click the Check Upgrade Icon button.

Step 6. Select the USB drive which you want to check in the drop-down list. Windows To Go Upgrader will automatically select the target boot partition and system partition from the partition list, and the selected partitions will be marked as red.

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tips Tips:
  • If your USB drive is not correctly recognized by Windows To Go Upgrader, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the USB drive.

Step 7. Click "Next". After clicking "Next", Windows To Go Upgrader will automatically create a VirtualBox virtual machine called "Windows To Go Upgrader", and then automatically start the virtual machine. Because the virtual machine uses your USB drive as the system disk, so it will boot into the Windows operating system on the USB drive.

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Step 8. If the virtual machine can successfully boot into Windows, please shut down the virtual machine normally. if the virtual machine can't successfully boot into Windows, you need to force shutdown the virtual machine.

virtual machine is running picture shut down virtual machine picture

Step 9. After you shut down the virtual machine, a window will pop up ask whether you can successfully boot into Windows. Select "Yes" if you can successfully boot into Windows, otherwise select "No".

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Step 10. Now all the checks have been completed, and the check result will show in result window.

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tips Tips: The result string "The selected device can be upgraded." indicates that the device can be upgraded, other string indicates that the device could not be upgraded.

If the check result indicates that the selected device can be upgraded, then you can run the update function to update this device. For more information, please refer to How To Upgrade a Windows To Go device.